Need help paying rent? Ames is still taking applications for pandemic-related assistance

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

In a news release Wednesday, the city of Ames reminded residents that it is still taking applications for COVID-19-related rent, mortgage and utility assistance. Ames received $356,455 from the third round of CARES Act funding, according to the release. The funds were provided through the Community Development Block Grant program.

"We know this has been a very difficult year for so many people, and we have financial aid available for those struggling with basics like paying for housing or utilities," housing coordinator Vanessa Baker-Latimer said in the release.

Related: Fund raises over a quarter-million dollars for Story County immigrants during the pandemic

Who is eligible for CARES Act funding?

To be eligible for assistance, you must be an Ames resident who is able to document loss of income directly related to COVID-19. At least one adult or emancipated minor in the home must be a U.S. citizen, or have eligible immigration status as a permanent resident under section 249 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

Households receiving rent or utility assistance cannot have more than $1,500 in liquid assets, and those receiving mortgage or utility assistance cannot have more than $3,000 in total liquid assets.

Total gross household income at the time of application cannot exceed the following limits:

  • One person - $53,000
  • Two people - $60,600
  • Three people - $68,150
  • Four people - $75,700
  • Five people - $81,800
  • Six people - $87,850
  • Seven people - $93,900
  • Eight people - $99,950

How can Ames residents apply for assistance?

Applications are available at by clicking "housing" under the "government" tab. Click here for the application for mortgage, rent and utility relief, and click here to apply for the Community Development Block Grant homebuyer assistance program. 

For more help with applying, call the Planning & Housing Department at (515) 239-5400 or visit the department at 515 Clark Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rent, utilities assistance for immigrants

If you are an immigrant who is ineligible for city assistance, the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Story County Immigrants continues to take applications.

Paper applications are available at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, located at 2900 Hoover Ave., and Rosita's Mexican Store, located at 118 S. Sherman Ave.

Click here for the application in English, and click here for the application in Spanish.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @irosarioc.